The occurrence and formation of benzene in foodstuffs

Last updated on 9-4-2021 by Jill Alexandre

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Benzene is classified as carcinogenic to humans by the IARC. Several sources may contribute for the occurrence of this compound in foods, such as, environmental and process contamination and the oxidative decarboxylation of benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid and metal ions. Benzoate salts and ascorbic acid may be naturally present or added as food additives. At low pH, hydroxyl radicals are supposed to be the key intermediate for this oxidative mechanism.This paper studied the occurrence and formation of benzene in foodstuffs. Therefore, a sensitive analytical method for the dete…

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